William Robert Miller

19 April 1914–7 December 1985 (Age 71)
Guerneville, Sonoma, California, United States

The Life of William Robert

When William Robert Miller was born on 19 April 1914, in Guerneville, Sonoma, California, United States, his father, William Miller, was 38 and his mother, Emma May Eckman, was 31. He married Mary Melissa Petersen on 4 October 1937, in Cache, Utah, United States. He lived in Redwood Judicial Township, Sonoma, California, United States for about 10 years. He died on 7 December 1985, in Solano, California, United States, at the age of 71.

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William Robert Miller
Mary Melissa Petersen
Marriage: 4 October 1937

Spouse and Children

4 October 1937
Cache, Utah, United States

Parents and Siblings

    William Miller


    Emma May Eckman




    Lena Belle Miller


    Margret Miller



    Albert Henry Miller


World Events (8)

1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Age 2

Jeannette Pickering Rankin became the first woman to hold a federal office position in the House of Representatives, and remains the only woman elected to Congress by Montana.

Age 3

U.S. intervenes in World War I, rejects membership of League of Nations.
1934 · Alcatraz Island Becomes Federal Penitentiary

Age 20

Alcatraz Island officially became Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary on August 11, 1934. The island is situated in the middle of frigid water and strong currents of the San Francisco Bay, which deemed it virtually inescapable. Alcatraz became known as the toughest prison in America and was seen as a “last resort prison.” Therefore, Alcatraz housed some of America’s most notorious prisoners such as Al Capone and Robert Franklin Stroud. Due to the exorbitant cost of running the prison, and the deterioration of the buildings due to salt spray, Alcatraz Island closed as a penitentiary on March 21, 1963. 

Name Meaning

1 English and Scottish: occupational name for a miller. The standard modern vocabulary word represents the northern Middle English term, an agent derivative of mille ‘mill’, reinforced by Old Norse mylnari ( see Milner ). In southern, western, and central England Millward (literally, ‘mill keeper’) was the usual term. The American surname has absorbed many cognate surnames from other European languages, for example French Meunier , Dumoulin , Demoulins, and Moulin ; German Mueller ; Dutch Molenaar ; Italian Molinaro ; Spanish Molinero; Hungarian Molnár; Slavic Mlinar , etc.2 Southwestern and Swiss German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant of Müller ( see Mueller ).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • W Robert Miller in household of William Miller, "United States Census, 1930"
  • William Robert Miller in household of William Miller, "United States Census, 1920"
  • William Robert Miller, "California, World War II Draft Registration Cards,1940-1945"

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